Eight months after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the remaining episodes of Chicago Fire, our favorites firefighters and paramedics at Firehouse 51 are back in action, and they haven’t missed a beat. The show’s hiatus didn’t stop it from showing the impacts of the pandemic in the world of NBC’s hit drama series: significantly less people working in the Firehouse, and characters acknowledging that the pandemic has affected a lot of the city and how it has affected their jobs.
The episode began with Joe Cruz literally running into work, and getting a quick temperature check before running inside. Chief Boden is in the middle of introducing the newest paramedic to the squad when Joe bursts into his office, apologizing for his tardiness because he hit a pot-hole on the way in. The new paramedic is introduced as Gianna Mackey (played by Adriyan Rae), who has known Joe all of her life.
Kelly Severide tells Matt Casey and Sylvie Brett that his girlfriend Stella Kidd’s Girl’s on Fire program was temporarily shut down due to the pandemic and that most of the office workers are working from home, leaving only the firefighters and paramedics inside. Brett then says that Emily Foster’s new job at Northwestern is also insane because of the pandemic. This was the show’s way of writing off the character after two seasons.
The Firehouse’s siren goes off, calling on Ambulance 61 to a call, giving Mackey and Brett their first call as new partners. The call is a possible overdose, and the victim’s brother appears and puts a gun to their heads, threatening violence if they try to take him to the hospital. In a huge act of bravery, Brett gets the victim on a stretcher and gets him into the ambulance, with the gunman chasing after them, and not a shot fired.
After returning back to the Firehouse, Joe immediately bombards Mackey with questions about her first call being so tense and insane. She calms him down nicely and goes into the kitchen to start making lunch for everyone, even giving a small smile to firefighter candidate Blake Gallo. I’m guessing this will be the first romance suspicion of the season, but I’m waiting for the day that Casey and Sylvie end up together.
Chief Boden informs Severide that Squad 3 are going to be testing new equipment on a Saturday, so they all have to come in. Stella then goes on a rant to her boyfriend about having her program shut down, and that she doesn’t want the young women that she’s inspired to lose interest in possibly being firefighters.
We now get our C plot of the episode, with my favorite characters Christopher Herrmann and “Mouch” McHolland. Herrmann learned about a guy who wrote a poem to a “hidden treasure” that tricked people into going out into nature, and he wants to do the same for Molly’s Patio, a new addition to Molly’s Bar, to lure people in for business. I’m sure they want to make sure that the bar is as socially distant as possible for when the characters go out for a drink after work. Candidate Darren Ritter overhears this and wants to help out with the poem. It’s Herrmann’s latest cash grab, and if history should repeat itself, it’ll most likely blow up in his face.
Boden informs his paramedics that the man who overdosed died in the hospital, causing Sylvie and Gianna to become nervous about the brother who pulled a gun on them while on the scene. Chicago P.D.’s Kim Burgess stops by to take a statement from them and informs them that the brother, Joe Halleck, has a long record of assault, robbery, and drug charges. The paramedics decide to stay on active duty but will be cautious if they see him.
After Gallo formally introduces himself to Gianna, Cruz pulls him aside and tells him to back off.
There’s a ray of sunshine in this episode, as Stella gets the all-clear to continue her Girls on Fire program, as long as it sticks to COVID regulations.
Mouch, Herrmann, and Ritter then bury the special Molly’s Coupon, which is free drinks for life. As I predicted earlier, they bury it outside the firehouse, which I’m sure will be extremely easy to find for anyone. I love the little plans that Herrmann gets himself into throughout the series. They then start writing the poem at the new Molly’s spot, and Ritter is shown to be incredibly helpful in poetry writing. As someone who also watches P.D. and Med, there isn’t a whole lot of lightheartedness in those shows, but Fire gives that in the form of Herrmann and Mouch. It used to be Cruz and Otis, but sadly, Otis’ character was killed off last season.
Everyone’s shift ends, and Sylvie heads home for the night. What she doesn’t know is that we get the “creepy stalker camera angle from a car” watching her as she drives away, and as she arrives home, her apartment door is slightly ajar. Calling Casey, he quickly arrives and they quietly go inside, thinking that Halleck might have broken in. They don’t find anything, and Casey says that he is staying the night on the couch just to make sure everything’s okay. They play “Head’s Up” together, and they are on the accent category, and Matt does a “terrible” Australian accent. I think this might be the fourth or fifth Australian joke they’ve made to Casey, since the actor who plays him (Jesse Spencer) is Australian in real life. The two laugh as they head off to bed. This little flirtmance BETTER turn into something real, come on, the fanbase wants it!
The next morning, Stella and Severide notice that Casey went to Sylvie’s, and they get suspicions that they might have been hooking up.
Herrmann and Mouch are doing a local TV ad for the Molly’s treasure hunt when the Firehouse is called to action. They arrive to the scene, which is a burning photography studio with dozens trapped inside. It should be noted that all paramedics and firemen standing outside were masked up. Sylvie gives advice to Gianna on helping victims as they get to work and wait for additional ambulances to help. Inside the building, Stella sees a couple of people run in the wrong direction to safety, and she runs after them. An explosion goes off in the building, trapping Severide and knocking his mask off. Stella knocks over a set statue in the studio and breaks a wall down to get to where Severide is. She gets his oxygen back on his face and frees him, and the two make it out of the building, while also saving one last victim before safely making it out.
Back in the Firehouse, Boden brings Stella into his office and shows her a picture of Engine 21, an 1872 squad of all-Black firefighters in Chicago. This is a real-life squad that has greatly impacted Chicago’s Fire Department. Boden says that there aren’t women or people of color involved in the CFD, and he wants her to take a lieutenant test when it is next offered. I LOVE this for Stella: her character development has been phenomenal over the last several seasons, and she’s grown to be a smart, and influential part of the series.
As said in the past, someone digs up the free drink coupon mere hours after the word was put out. As usual, one of Herrmann’s plans falls short, and now he has to give a guy free drinks forever.
Severide encourages Stella to take the lieutenant test, and that he is going to help her out to prepare for it.
Gallo, while getting the evil eye from Cruz, tries to avoid asking out Gianna. Gianna then asks herself out, pretending to be Gallo, giving him a wink as Ambulance 61 is called upon. As they being their drive, Joe Halleck drives next to them and tries to shoot them! The episode ends with both Halleck, and Ambulance 61 crashing off the side of the highway, and landing with a crash to the ground.
Overall, I would say this was a solid season premiere! It was great to see all of these characters, as well as get some new ones, along with a great cliffhanger to end the hour. The (hopeful) resolution will be solved in next week’s episode!
Are you happy to see Firehouse 51 back in action?
Chicago Fire Review – Sparks Fly (9×02)
After last week’s horrific cliffhanger in the premiere, Chicago Fire’s second episode hit the ground running to resolve the action. Sylvie and new paramedic Gianna were run off the highway by an angry Halleck, who was after them after his brother overdosed.
Gianna took most of the hit, and Sylvie seemed relatively unscathed. Casey and the rest of the team found their location and managed to get them both out. Knowing that Halleck also crashed (and with a gun), they did their best to navigate the car that’s on fire. Halleck, impaled with shrapnel, begged for help, and pulled himself out, causing him to bleed everywhere (with an extremely gross sound effect). The car is put out, and Halleck is taken to Med, while Gianna is treated with nothing more than a bandage on the head from a scrape. With a fall that nasty, it was pretty impeccable that it was really only a couple of scratches, but hey, gotta keep the main characters active, right?
Back at the Firehouse, Cruz gets oddly protective when he sees Gianna’s bandage, which seems odd, but given they’re lifelong friends, the writers probably wanted to establish that relationship better. Casey goes up to Sylvie and says how grateful he is that she’s okay, and Sylvie lets it slip saying, “it’s always been you!” She covers up her feelings for him by saying that she meant that by his friendship, which Casey turns a blind eye to. Casey is so dumb sometimes when it comes to relationships so this is nothing new. Sylvie reveals what happened to Kidd, and Kidd lets her know that maybe it isn’t so bad that she let her feelings out because it’s about time he knows.
An upset Chief Boden is struggling with some of the paperwork that he has to take care of since the secretary staff can’t work in the office because of COVID, so Ritter volunteers himself and Gallo to take care of the paperwork, much to the dismay of Gallo. Because of this, everyone has accepted that these two hooligans will be taking care of all logistic work in the firehouse.
After the shift is over, Casey awkwardly asks Herrmann and Mouch if they were going to Molly’s (you know, the bar that they own), but it was clear that he was figuring out if Sylvie was going. Herrmann and Mouch then try to give advice to Ritter about not always helping out the chief if he genuinely doesn’t want to do it.
At Kidd’s Girls on Fire program, they are running drills, and a happy Chief Boden watches on, acknowledging that she is inspiring the future of the CFD. Kidd then tells him that one of her top students, Kylie, hasn’t been at any of the sessions for weeks, and Boden thinks it might be best to investigate.
Cruz finds Gianna working out, and they discuss how Gianna’s adapting to being at Firehouse 51. Cruz encourages her to stick around at 51, but she has second thoughts because of the crash. Cruz lets her know that her brother would be proud of her.
Kidd finds her star pupil Kylie at her job and wants her to come back. However, she tells her that her parents need a lot of help and support since things have shut down (always have to have some sort of look into the real-life situation).
Severide heads to the car yard that has Ambulance 61, but the front gate doesn’t let him in because he doesn’t have proper authorization. Severide drives around the back and hops the fence anyway.
At Molly’s Cruz tells Sylvie that he gave the “hard sell” to Gianna, but isn’t sure if she’ll stick around. Sylvie joins Casey, Gallo, and Capp on the back patio, and Gallo is telling the story of how they rescued the ambulance from its destruction. All the while, Casey and Sylvie stare at each other flirtatiously, and a nervous Sylvie makes up an excuse to leave.
The next day, Sylvie and Cruz discover that Gianna decided to stay at 51 and work with her. Makes sense, why hire a new actress for two episodes? Severide arrives with the door to Ambulance 61, which has the name of the late Leslie Shay on it, and they replace the door on the new ambo. Gianna notices her name, and Severide and Casey share a moment of remembering her, and how soon more people who didn’t know her are soon going to outnumber the people who did.
While out on a ride, Ritter sees a group of kids on a subway track yelling for the truck to stop. He jumps out of the truck and runs to the subway, and the kids tell him that a woman fell onto the tracks and hit her head, and of course, a train is arriving at the station. As it always is, Ritter hands the woman off to Herrmann, and barely escapes himself as the train arrives.
Kidd, after seeing a frustrated Gallo working on paperwork, suggests to Boden that maybe Kylie take over the job and become Boden’s part-time assistant, which she accepts with a long hug.
At Molly’s, Mouch gives Ritter an inspirational talk that his hard work and dedication to wanting to take over a lot of the clerical work at the firehouse is a sign of a true and loyal firefighter, and he gives him back a pen Ritter’s father gave him when he joined the squad.
Casey shows up at Sylvie’s house unannounced, and she admits that she’s been avoiding him, and the next thing we know, she plants a large kiss right on him! Something that the show has been teasing for at least two seasons. The scene starts to get ~very steamy~ but Sylvie brings up the fact that if Casey’s ex-wife Gabby were to come back and want him back if he would go with her. Casey says he doesn’t know, since the relationship ended pretty poorly. Naturally, this breaks Sylvie apart and she kicks him out before anything else can happen. A teary Sylvie sits alone as the episode comes to a close.
After a pretty good episode all around, it brings the show to a close for now as Fire will return in January. Hopefully, there will be more great firefighting sequences, and drama that will continue to entertain.
What did you think of the show’s last episode of the year?
WATCH: #OneChicago Teams Tackle COVID-19 in New Promo Ahead of November 11
Wednesday’s most watched dramas are planning their epic return.
Ahead of the November 11 premiere for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD, NBC revealed a teaser that shows the heroes tackling COVID-19 headfirst.
“When this community hurts, when it reaches out its hand, we pull it to its feet, and we respond,” Battalion Chief Wallace Boden states in the promo.
Med’s doctors jump into action as April tells ex Choi that she has to put her life on the line to help patients who are “sick, frightened, and alone.”
Fire’s paramedic’s Brett and Mackey respond to a house call and run into some trouble when a man points a gun at them.
Meanwhile, PD’s Atwater deals with the fallout of “snitching” on the police. While he explains he was doing “the right thing,” the white cops don’t seem to agree as Ray threatens to take his badge.
Check it out below:
NBC Gives Three Season Renewal to One Chicago Shows ‘Chicago PD,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘Chicago Med’
And that’s what we call a triple sweep!
Your favorite ER docs, firefighters, and detectives aren’t going anywhere anytime soon because NBC just gave the #OneChicago universe a massive pick-up.
All three series in Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise will be returning for an additional three more seasons.
According to Deadline, the renewals are part of a new deal between Wolf and Universal Studios.
“Dick Wolf has proven time and time again that he makes shows audiences love,” said Paul Telegdy, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We are delighted, excited and proud that as part of this epic deal with Wolf Entertainment, NBC’s loyal audience will know that their favorite shows have a certain future for the next three years.”
His other highly-rated and highly-performing drama, Law & Order SVU, also snagged three more seasons.
While nabbing three seasons at one time is surely a feat to be proud of, it isn’t unheard of at NBC, a network that loves to reward shows that simultaneously perform well live, in DVR viewing, and can also be syndicated. And if they have large, dedicated followings — which all 4 Wolf shows do — it only works in their favor.
The shows join the previously renewed medical drama New Amsterdam and the emotional family drama This Is Us, which was scored a three-season renewal.
Following the exciting news, the shows will have to renegotiate contracts with talent. Since three-years is a pretty massive chunk of time, it’s possible that not all of your favorites will stick around for the full-term.
Wolf has found success in both keeping his lead around for the entire duration of a series like Mariska Hargitay on Law & Order: SVU or swapping out the full cast entirely to offer a different perspective and reinvent the wheel. Either way, it’s bound to be successful and lucrative.
Are you excited about the renewals?
Which show is your favorite?
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